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The Biggest Mistake You Can Make Is To Think Your CV / Resume is Just All About You

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If you want an employer to buy you after reading your CV / Resume, you need to make sure you give them what they want!

The most logical thing on earth is to think that your CV is just about you, after all, it has your name on the top, your career history, your qualifications, your contact details etc. Who else could your CV / Resume possibly be about, other than you? Most people would bet their life that their CV is just about them, but the truth couldn’t be more different.

Who do you want to read your CV, who’s the recipient?

It is the employer or recruitment agencies isn’t it.

Who is it that gets to decide whether to invite you in for an interview and selection process when you submit your CV for a job application?

It is the employer or recruitment agencies isn’t it.

The truth is that your CV needs to serve the recipient if you want it to serve you well.

Does the employer care more about themselves or you?

The employers are most likely to care more about themselves than you.

When an employer looks at your CV, they are looking at it from their perspective. Most people assume the employers want to hire the best candidates. Sometimes they do, but also often they don’t, they typically don’t want the best person, they actually want the person who is best for them. A Nobel laureate might apply for a low level job, but they are highly likely to be over qualified in their field, but under qualified in the field the employer needs. There could be a complete mismatch of beliefs, values, salary and other expectations that is why employers will always chose the person they think is best for them.

When an employer looks at your CV / Resume, they are most likely looking for how you match up to the job description and how much you meet their wants, needs and deepest desires.

To be most successful you need to write your CV from the perspective of the employer, it is your job to demonstrate to them in your CV that you are the best candidate for them.  You may or may not be a good fit for the requirements outlined in their job description, you might be just what they are looking for, or you might be looking to career transfer into a new role in a new industry / sector in a new location.

If you think your CV is just about you, and you simply want to make yourself look as good as possible you are adopting a “self-centric” approach. If on the other hand you are writing it from the perspective of the employer, you set out to demonstrate in your CV that you meet their wants, needs and deepest desires, you want to show them that you are the best person for them.

It is not just making sure you respond to their stated requirements in the document, you have the opportunity to go further and do more, you can do your own research and see how you fit not just to the role, but to the organisation, to the new team and your new boss to, and make sure you reflect that fit in your CV / Resume document.

It is not a precise science, it is actually part art and part science, you might need to use your imagination and empathy, and make some calculated guesses / assumptions as well are doing what research you can.

If you are wise you will write an employer centric CV not a self centric one. I can show you how to do that.


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Jonathan Blain is a Bestselling Author (12 Books / $3.8M+ sales) , Thought Leader, Problem Solver and Change Maker.

Jonathan is a Job Hunting and Career Problem Solving Expert, Founder of the Job Hunting and Career Help Club and Creator of the Revolutionary CV / Resume Game Change Approach to CV and Resume Wriring - The World's most advanced and results focussed approach to CV and Resume Writing.

In 2007 / 2008, when the financial crisis hit,  Jonathan's previously highly successful career, hit the buffers, he found himself out of work with no income in an increasingly desperate situation. It was to become a life changing experience, during which he discovered his life purpose was to help others: 1. Live Better Lives, 2. Have Better Careers 3. Run Better Businesses / Organisations and 4. Make the World a Better Place.

Jonathan took a job as an executive level CV / Resume Writer, wrote 500+ CVs / Resumes. He became obsessed with discovering why some CV / Resumes worked and others did not and what you had to do to achieve the very best results with your CV / Resume. What followed was seven years of study, trial and error until he finally figured it out.

Jonathan combines seven years of research and study, with pioneering thought leadership, innovation and creativity, and an extraordinary depth and breadth of personal experiences including as: e.g. including being a job seeker, employer, recruiter, bestselling author of 12 books / $3.8m sales, an innovator and thought leader, CEO of a quoted PLC and leader in the public and private sectors, an entrepreneur who has made and lost millions, award winning salesman and marketer, HR manager etc. He offers a new perspective, different to anyone else in the market, which gives him the edge and enables him to help you and others better with: New Thinking, New Ideas and New Solutions.


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